Personal Inventory Questions
After several years of coaching, I’d say the thing that has become the most apparent to me is that we don’t allow ourselves time to reflect. And the accountability to do so is often the thing that clients tell me they benefited most from.
I used to be in this camp, too. Sabrina Hersi Issa, an award-winning human rights technologist and co-host of Call Your Girlfriend , a podcast I absolutely LOVE, gave me an idea I started implementing last year – to schedule personal inventory time each month. It doesn’t have to be long – let’s say 15 – 30 minutes.
Sabrina schedules hers on the day of her birthday – she was born on the 16th, so the 16th of the month is her day) to spend time with these four questions:
- What did I learn this month?
- What surprised me, and why?
- What am I grateful for?
- Who am I grateful for?
I’ve added these to my own practice:
- What am I tolerating? <–I’ve learned SO MUCH from this one!
- Where am I now? Where do I want to be in the future?
I personally use the same Google Doc so I can see what I wrote the previous month.
These questions may seem easy, but what we know is it’s often the easy questions that are the most clarifying. The point is to be honest with yourself, take note of any patterns, and identify something you’d like to focus on for the month.
The truth is, without time for reflection, we are merely being reactive. Like everything, reflection is a choice. And something you can choose to make space for. Let the next decision you make be the time of your own personal inventory!
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